Test Your Home Fire Safety IQBy Home Security Source March 04, 2010 | 02:00 PMPosted in: Fire Prevention, Home Security Tips, DIY Safety
According to the National Fire Protection Association, in
2008, fire departments responded to 386,500 home structure fires that caused
more than 13,000 injuries, 2,700 deaths and $8 billion in direct damages. The
statistics are startling and preventable with fire safety education. Make sure
you truly understand the do’s and don’ts of home fire safety; it could be a
matter of life and death. This short quiz will help you test your fire safety
1.) Most home fires start in the _________?
C) living room
2.) Extension cords should
A) supply electricity to as many
sources as possible
B) be used only as a temporary
C) run under carpets and furniture
3.) What is a GFCI?
A) A type of fire extinguisher used
for electrical fires.
B) A detector that interrupts
ground faults to help prevent electric shock and fires.
C) A unit that helps firefighters
find your home.
4.) Candles should be _________.
A) placed at least one to three
feet away from any flammable items
B) burned all the way down
C) used as nightlights
5.) Smoke detector(s) must __________.
A) have their batteries replaced
every other year
B) be tested annually
C) be placed on every level of your
home and outside bedrooms
1.) A - The kitchen is where most home structure fires start
– 40 percent of home fires start there, compared to the eight percent that
begin in bedrooms and the four percent that ignite in living rooms. The kitchen
can present many safety hazards for all cooks. Know how to cook with kitchen safety in mind.
2.) B - Extension cords are not a permanent solution. It is
estimated that extensions cords cause 3,300 residential fires annually, so make
sure they are not overloaded or placed where they can be damaged. Find out more
about how to limit the threat of electrical fires.
3.) B – Still feel a little bit clueless? GFCI stands for
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. Read What are GCFIs? And why Do You Need Them in Your Home?for a basic explanation.
4.) A - The number one cause of candle fires is placing
candles too close to flammable items such as draperies, furniture, paper or
decorations. If you were stumped see our candle safety blog to learn why options B
and C are a fire safety hazard.
5.) C – Smoke detector batteries should be changed once a
year and tested once a month. A good rule to follow is to change your batteries
when you change your clocks in March and October. In 22 percent of home fire
deaths smoke alarms were present but did not sound. Remember a broken smoke
detector is useless, so test them monthly. Be educated and take steps to prevent home fires.
Being educated about fire safety and incorporating all of
these elements into your home to create a safe environment is very important.
But, if a fire does start the best defense is a monitored
home alarm system that can detect fires and carbon monoxide and immediately
notify emergency responders.
How did you do?
5 correct – Congratulations! You’re a fire captain. You are
fire smart, now make sure you follow through on your knowledge and stay
up-to-date with changing safety requirements and recommendations.
4 correct – Well done. You are a firefighter. You have a
good understanding of fire safety and are prepared to protect your home and
family from potentially life threatening fires.
3 correct – Keep up the good work. You are a fire cadet. You
have a basic understanding of fire safety but still have a lot to learn.
Educate yourself about the many aspects of fire safety.
2 or less correct – You have work to do. You are a fire
hazard. Make learning about fire safety a priority for yourself and your
family. The more you know the better your chances are of preventing and
reacting safely to a fire.
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